1. Energy Transformation – Are we Making Progress?

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    by Teagan Wernicke

    Everyone involved in the “Energy Transformation in Dialogue” project has been very busy over the past few months – from making new educational videos to conducting tours and even being invited to speak on TV shows. Keep reading to learn more about what we’ve been up to and how you can get involved with our project in the future.

    The project Energy Transformation in Dialogue, which started in the summer of 2018, works towards involving community members and groups such as city administrators, local businesses, students, and organizations in the process of a sustainable energy transition in Germany. If you haven’t heard of us before, you can read more about the project here. But for now, let’s take a look at what has been happening so far in 2020!

    In February, we released a new educational video called “Energy Transformation under Investigation”, which you can watch here. The video is only in German, but an adaptation in English as a comic strip will soon be available to download from our website. In the video, you can learn about how scientists use indicators to assess whether goals related to various aspects of sustainability and the energy transition will be met by 2020 and 2050. It’s exciting to see how scientific research can become understandable for everyone by using a simple traffic light system to show progress. We hope you enjoy the video, and feel free to give us your feedback and ideas for new videos!

    Also in February, the organization Viva con Agua hosted a large event, inviting club members from various cities in the region to Karlsruhe. Viva con Agua aims to foster the global provisioning of clean water for everyone. Against this background, we took this opportunity to lead participants on a tour through the Oststadt region of Karlsruhe, discussing topics such as the sustainable development of the energy system. If you’re interested, you can read more about the tour here.

    At the end of January, we participated in a roundtable discussion on the topic of district heating in Karlsruhe that was organized by Fossil Free Karlsruhe. Aside from us, representatives from the city council, energy providers (Stadtwerke and EnBW), and businesses such as the German Agency for Geothermal Energy (Deutsche Erdwärme) and the Karlsruhe Energy and Climate Protection Agency (Karlsruher Energie- und Klimaschutzagentur) as well as other community groups were involved in the event. Currently, Karlsruhe has an extensive district heating system that provides heat for households and buildings around the city. Up to now, the heat source for this system has been waste heat that is recovered from power plants that are fueled by coal and natural gas. However, as fossil fuels are being phased out and these power plants will no longer be used in the near future, an alternative source of heat for the district heating system needs to be found. This topic was discussed extensively at the roundtable event. After much deliberation, the participants suggested using biogas as an alternative heat source. This gas could be produced from biological waste and compost collected from households around the city. 

    In related news, we’re currently creating another educational video that will clearly explain how district heating systems operate as well as various options for renewable energy sources through which the heat can be provided in order to make the systems more sustainable. This and another video about the role of sustainable development and justice in the energy sector, specifically the topic of closing the gender pay gap for employees in this sector, will be released soon. Keep an eye out for new videos on our website!

    “Sonnenstand” is the name of another project on which we are currently collaborating with the organization Fossil Free Karlsruhe and their initiative Faktor2. For this project, we are working to increase the amount of solar energy produced in Karlsruhe by encouraging more citizens to install solar panels (photovoltaic systems). We’re using the Oststadt neighborhood as an experimental space. In the future, we plan to host an event where experts will inform community members about topics such as leasing your roof, installing solar panels yourself, and much more. By providing this unique opportunity for people like you to meet and discuss with experts in the solar energy industry, we hope that more people will be encouraged to produce solar power from their own home.  

    Last but not least, one of our project leaders, Dr. Volker Stelzer, was on TV at the beginning of March. The television show “Planet Wissen” (Planet Knowledge) invited Volker Stelzer on the air as one of two experts to share his knowledge about the progress Germany has made so far in implementing the energy transition. Though the program is only available in German, you can watch the entire episode here to learn more about how Germany is working to achieve the goals of the energy transition as quickly as possible.

    As you can see, we’ve been very busy over the past few months involving members of the community in the energy transition through online communication, tours, and group discussions. Stay up-to-date with our upcoming events by visiting our website or following us on Instagram. Coming soon: we will provide a virtual tour on our Instagram where you can learn more about energy transformation!

    A huge thank you to everyone who has been involved in our events, and we hope you participate again in the future! In the meantime, stay healthy!

  2. Planet calling SOS! Der Planet ruft SOS! Gezegenimizden acil yardım çağrısı!

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    How to communicate the dimensions of environmental problems and the necessity for sustainable development? And how to do it in a way, everybody will understand – regardless which country they come from and what language they speak? From this idea developed the caricature exhibition „Planet calling SOS“, which will be presented at our Zukunftsraum in November and December.

    A picture is worth a thousand words. Whether it is a painting in a museum, graffiti on the wall or a photograph in a magazine, you can often understand the message without words. Pictures have a strong effect – and that’s exactly what the exhibition „Planet calling SOS“ is going for:

    Our planet needs help! We need to work together in order to protect the environment, on which our livelihood depends!

    That’s why INTEGRA Filder e.V. and the Turkish-English-German satire magazine Don Quichotte e.V. held the 1. International Caricature Competition with the topic “UN-Agenda 2030”. Participation was high: over 1000 caricatures were submitted from more than 60 countries. An international jury selected the 50 most expressive pictures are now on exhibition in different locations throughout Baden-Württemberg.



    With the help of the artists’ expressive pictures, the exhibition aims to raise awareness in our whole society – people with or without immigration background – and initiate a dialogue about sustainable development. Everyone should be aware that sustainability is important – and that we need it right now!

    A different kind of immigrant organisation

    INTEGRA refers to itself as a “somewhat different immigrant organisation”. Diversity and equal opportunities for everyone are their main goals, for which they work in education and with youth organisations. The basis of their work is in intercultural and global pedagogy, multilingualism and the criticisms of racism. Experiences of immigration and the immigration background of their members are considered a resource and a strength. Immigrants are encouraged to participate, for example as disseminators.


    Collaboration of different nationalities – this is how an exhibition arises out of some pictures!

    Young people with and without immigration background prepared the exhibition together and develop didactical materials for the travelling exhibition though Baden-Württemberg. Young people with good German skills support young refugees, strengthening their participation in the project. Erdoğan Karayel, caricaturist and editor of the newspaper Don Quichotte, is the artistic brain of the project. With methods of informal learning he conducts drawing workshops with the participating youngsters.

    Global challenges require global goals!

    The exhibition also shows – the topic concerns people around the world. The chosen pictures deal with the 17 UN goals of sustainable development – among those are „Climate Action“, „Responsible Production and Consumption“ and „Peace, Justice and strong institutions“. The goals were adopted in 2016 under the header „Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.

    27 caricatures will be shown at the Future-Room (Zukunftsraum, Rintheimer Straße 46) from October 30th until December 11th 2018. The exhibition can be visited during regular opening hours (Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm & Thursday 9am to 6pm) and additionally on the two Sundays, November 11th and 25th from 3pm to 6 pm. October 30th at 3pm we open the exhibition with a vernissage.

    Come by and get an idea of the situation on our planet!

    Here you can find some additional information about the youth project “Planet calling SOS” (Link:

  3. Start of the BürgerForum Sustainable Oststadt

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    The BürgerForum Sustainable Oststadt | Future in citizens’ hands will start on 11 October. You are cordially invited to participate.

    The objective of the BürgerForum Sustainable Oststadt | Future in citizens’ hands is the active shaping of the future development of Karlsruhe’s Oststadt together with its citizens. We are aiming at a high quality of life for everyone in the district – for those who live there, those who work there, and those who visit the Oststadt. They are invited to develop ideas together with us as well as experts from science and practice. Always our focus: The world that surrounds us, the world we are part of, and the world to come.

    In line with the motto “Think globally – act locally, together for a livable future”, the United Nations have been promoting efforts for a sustainable development all over the world since the 1990s. District Future joins this challenge and works on a local level in Karlsruhe’s Oststadt. For District Future, a development is sustainable if it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. What can we do to make the Oststadt a sustainable living environment for all generations and people with different lifestyles, earning capacities, and cultural backgrounds? Here we need your support. What do you envisage? What are your needs? What are your ideas?

    Play a part in the BürgerForum! Discuss the following topics with other citizens:

    • Living in the district
    • Organizing everyday mobility
    • Working and doing business in a responsible way
    • New ideas about energy – Protecting the climate
    • Changing urban society – Improving the quality of life

    The aim of the BürgerForum is that Karlsruhe’s citizens work out recommendations for actions for societally relevant topics of sustainable development in the district which they can realize afterwards autonomously. The BürgerForum Sustainable Oststadt | Future in citizens’ hands is realized by the project District Future – Urban Lab in cooperation with the city of Karlsruhe and Bertelsmann Stiftung. This type of civic participation was jointly developed by Bertelsmann Stiftung and Hans Nixdorf Stiftung. This short video explains how it works.

    For further informations about the topics and general informations about the BürgerForum click here.

    Accordingly the BürgerForum Sustainable Oststadt | Future in citizens’ hands will take place in three steps. It will start with a kick-off workshop on Saturday, 11 October 2014 between 10 am and 4.30 pm. Up to 200 citizens will participate. You could be one of them.

    This will be followed by an online workshop from 11 October until 7 November 2014 with an unlimited number of participants. In this phase, the ideas of the kick-off workshop will be developed further.

    On Friday, 21 November from 18  to 21 pm we will hold a final workshop to present the results to the public in the vestry of St. Bernhard.

    If you would like to participate in the BürgerForm Sustainable Oststadt | Future in citizens’ hands, previous registration is necessary. Registration is possible from now on. Please visit the website of the BürgerForum: We recommend early registration since the number of participants for the kick-off workshop on 11 October is limited to 200 people.

    However, you can still participate in both the online and the final workshop if you were not able to attend the kick-off event. Please also register for these events at the website

    For additional information or in case of further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail or telephone:


    • +49 721 – 608 24241, on Tuesdays between 1 and 3 pm, on Thursdays between 10 am and noon.

    Join us in shaping the Oststadt’s future. We are looking forward to you!

  4. Open air living room

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    Recovering from everday stress and routine, talking to your neighbor and experiencing the life on the doorstep: bring life to public spaces with a living room suit in front of your home. Make it individual – have a break! The intervention takes place on the street and squares in the neigborhood Oststadt in Karlsruhe. It is an activity of the District Future project within the framework of the sustainability days 2014 of the federal state of Baden-Würrtemberg.

    Your open air living room

    The District Future project cordially invites all citizen of the Oststadt neigborhood in Karlsruhe and of course everyone else interested in participating to arrange an open air living room (“Freiluftwohnzimmer”) in public space on July 12th 2014. Bring chairs and tables, flowers and cake, and other things to design a living room suit in front of your house. Talk to your neigbors and passersby. Invite them to you open air living room and get them to know. Take a break from everyday life.

    Where and when? 

    The interverntion takes place on July 12th 2014 and starts at 2 pm right on your doorstep in the streets and on the squares of the Oststadt neighborhood in Karlsruhe. This afternoon, the District Future team will be cycling around in order to visit you. The team brings coloured bows free of charge to make your living room suit more visible and get more attention. Alternatively,  you can pick up a bow at Café GOLD (Ludwig-Wilhelm-Straße 12, 76131 Karlsruhe) as of now.

    Map your open air living room

    You can map your open air living room in the overview map following. This makes sure that those interested in visiting you intervention can find it easily.

    Please note

    Take care of others on the streets, e.g. pedestrians and families with buggies. Leave the place of your open air living room in the same state as you found it when you started.

    Further information

    Flyer  (German)

    Facebook Event (German)

    Nachhaltig handeln – the offiziel website of the N!Tage Baden-Württemberg (German)

    Nachhaltigkeitstage Baden-Württemberg beim KIT Zukunftscampus (German)

  5. Invitation: Interactive Dialogue | Future Urban Mobility

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    How do we move in the future? What might a future urban mobility look like that is designed with the need of people in mind? How do individualised lifestyles in our cities in general and in Karlsruhe in particular influence future urban mobility? What role is played by the car, bicycles, public transport and walking? Which chances and risks are connected to e-mobility? What can we learn from the past? These as well as further questions will be dealt with at the Interactive Dialogue | Future Urban Mobility. This evening, we are going to discuss perspectives and visions in terms of a future urban mobility with experts from science, economics, NGOs and politics. The event takes place on 05 June 2014 at alina café (Alter Schlachthof 39, 76131 Karlsruhe).

    The audience is cordially invited to incorporate into the discussion. We are going to talk with:

    • Franziska Stork | Stadt Karlsruhe | Peditram
    • Dr. Thomas Meyer | Geschäftsführer KIT Zentrum für Mobilitätssysteme
    • Christian Büttner | Vorstand ADFC Karlsruhe e.V. (not yet confirmed)
    • Gunnar Petersohn | Geschäftsführer Stadtmobil CarSharing GmbH (not yet confirmed)
    • Thomas Friderich | PTV AG Karlsruhe (not yet confirmed)
    • Dr.-Ing. Jan Riel | Stadt Karlsruhe | Stadtplanungsamt (not yet confirmed)
    • Elisabeth Viebig, Daimler AG (not yet confirmed)

    The event is free of charge. Registration is not required. Event language is German. We are looking forward to welcome you!


  6. International Conference Sustainability 2014

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    In cooperation with the transatlantic research initiative “Forum on Sustainable Technological Development in a Globalizing World” and the KIT Humans and Technology Center District Future – Urban Lab hosts the international conference Sustainability 2014: Future Urban Development at Different Scales. The conference will takte place on May 6th to 9th 2014. Registration will be open until April 21th 2014.


    Future Urban Development at Different Scales

    Climate change, shortage of resources, demographic change, increasing burden of public debt, deterioration of the ecological sphere, social inequality and fragmentation: these and other challenges call for a comprehensive sustainable development on a global and local scale. Cities play a major role in such an overall change of society towards a sustainable way of life. This is revealed by the proclamation of the urban age, growing rural-urban interdependencies and the accountability of urban areas as venue, driver and capability space.

    Sustainability 2014: Future Urban Development at Different Scales brings together national and international experts from science and practice with different disciplinary backgrounds like urban geography, economics, architecture, sociology, geoecology and urban planning to examine and discuss challenges and perspectives of the sustainable development of urban spaces. They will address and reflect on questions on the future development and analysis of urban systems on different levels of scale – ranging from urban region to neighborhood. The conference will especially concentrate on the district and neighborhood as a level for analysis, assessment and action which is increasingly becoming the focus of attention in science and politics.

    Objective of the conference

    Apart from the scientific exchange, the conference will also provide a framework for international networking in the range of topics and determine possibilities and ways to initiate follow-up activities like joint projects or research cooperations.


    • The conference deals with the following topics:
    • City and District – Pathways Towards a Sustainable Development
    • City and District – Sustainability Assessment
    • Sustainable urban and district development – Actors, Instruments and Logics of Action
    • City and District – Designing the Existing
    • Sustainable Development of Universities
    • Sustainable Development of City and District – Challenges for Selected Areas: Mobile City | Social City | City Resources

    The detailed program can be found at the Institute of Technology Assessments and Systems Analysis‘ website.

    Organization & registration

    For registration contact Marius Albiez until April 21th 2014. The participation at the conference is free of charge. Participation is limited. The conference language is English.

  7. District Future starts in Karlsruhe Oststadt

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    It’s official now: The District Future project starts in the Oststadt of Karlsruhe. In the coming years, the existing district will be developed further towards sustainability in social, ecological, economic, and cultural terms. Together with the population, city administration, politics, industry, persons engaged in the cultural sector, and other actors of the urban society, old and new ideas as well as societal and technical innovations will be tried out in a number of projects. A series of kickoff events started in November 2013.


    “The decisive feature of the District Future project is the active participation of the public in the project area,” says project leader Dr. Oliver Parodi of ITAS. “Sustainability affects everybody and, ultimately, can succeed only in a common effort. Citizens, groups, artists and scientists, companies and associations: We warmly welcome everybody who is willing to contribute to a sustainable development of the city’s Oststadt and seeks to contact us.” The objective is to generate impulses in order to advance the sustainability development of the Oststadt in a long-term and cautious process. The intention is to establish structures which support to continue this development even after the official end of the project term.

    “Karlsruhe’s Oststadt offers ideal preconditions for this project: The urban district enjoys a great variety in socio-cultural, functional and architectural respects, a traditional dense network of local stakeholders, open-mindedness of the population, and proximity to the KIT, all of which constitutes an excellent breeding ground for new, sustainable urban development,” Parodi explains. This was a prerequisite for the District Future project to gain model character – for other districts of Karlsruhe, but also for other, especially European, cities. The project area was chosen on the basis of a thorough scientific analysis.

    The District Future project is also associated with the wish to bring science closer to the people – and vice versa. In Feburary 2014, there will a citizen meeting. Citizens then will have the opportunity to enter into an active dialog about future urban development and to address own ideas and activities for the Oststadt.
    2014 also will be the year to start first project activities in the project area. These could be activities in climate protection, recycle economy, health, education, energy supply, and projects, such as autonomous living for the elderly, neighborhood kitchens, an organic and regional evening market for the working population, a science shop, fast lanes for bikers, multi-generation houses, sidewalks and road pavements equipped with sensors, a center for subsequent use of empty urban space, street libraries. Specific projects could also be located in the urban space adjacent to the Oststadt.

    Information to the Citizens

    In recent months, some preliminary talks have been arranged with local stakeholders from industry, society, culture, and sports. Others will follow. On Tuesday, November 26, 2013, the approximately 7000 households in the project area received an information letter explaining the project and presenting the kickoff events in the winter of 2013 and the spring of 2014. The dialogue between the project team and the public is in the focus of all these events.

    Kickoff Events Launching the “District Future” Project:

    • RepairCafé

    Saturday, November 30, 2013, 4 – 8 p.m.
    Kinder- und Jugendhaus (Rintheimerstr. 47, 76131 Karlsruhe)

    This is an active contribution to resource conservation and against throwing away objects still fit for use: At the RepairCafé, participants can repair damaged household objects, such as small furniture items, bicycles and radios, or get advice on how to do the job. The team responsible for the District Future is supported by these projects: FabLab Karlsruhe, Transition Town Karlsruhe – Karlsruhe im Wandel, KonsumGlobal Karlsruhe, Gemeinwohl Ökonomie Karlsruhe, and many other groups committed to these endeavors.

    • District Future on Its Way!

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 12 noon – 6 p.m.

    Streets and squares in Karlsruhe Oststadt, including Tulla-Schule, Karl-Wilhelm-Platz, Alter Schlachthof

    The District Future Mobile can be found in the streets and squares of the Karlsruhe Oststadt: The District Future team invites people to exchange ideas about the sustainable development of Karlsruhe’s Oststadt. The Mobile can be found at the Tulla-Schule, the Karl-Wilhelm-Platz, and on the premises of the old slaughterhouse (Alter Schlachthof), among other places.

    • Citizen Meeting: Oststadt Perspective – Designing the District Future

    Sunday, February 9, 2014 I 12 noon – 7 p.m.

    Lichthof, BGV Versicherung, Durlacher Allee 56, 76131 Karlsruhe

    This is where dialog comes in: The District Future team presents the project and looks forward to your questions, criticism, and suggestions. There will be workshops for participants to introduce their ideas about sustainable urban life. Possible schemes for cooperation will be explored in an offer-request type of market. A cultural program will accompany the citizen meeting.

    • Debate: “Which kind of mobility do we need for the Oststadt’s future?

    Thursday, March 20, 2014, 6 – 8 p.m.

    alina café, Alter Schlachthof 39, 76131 Karlsruhe

    This is an entertaining event for exchanging perspectives and visions, from scientific to personal about future urban mobility, among invited participants and committed persons from the region.

    Further information

    Find pictures of the RepairCafé in the gallery.

    The program of the Citizen Meeting: Oststadt Perspective – Designing the District Future can be found here (German).

  8. World Cleanup Day 2013: talking instead of doing?

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    It was a surprise: the District Future – Urban Lab stand proved to be more popular among citizens than the Karlsruhe Cleanup action itself. The sunny Saturday in the heart of Karlsruhe discussing the possibilities to rethink trash showed that people have many good ideas about sustainable city development, but revealed a selective attitude towards topics people are willing to co-operate on.

    In the morning of the 21st September the Bürgeraktion Sauberes Karlsruhe and the District Future – Urban Lab teams set up a stand in Karlsruhe city center on Ludwigsplatz, all ready for the World Cleanup 2013 in Karlsruhe. Our pavillion was composed from two parts: the first part offered practical tools like city maps, gripping tongs, garbage bags and gloves for volunteers who wanted to participate hands-on in the cleanup action, while the other one shared information about sustainable urban development in general and the District Future as well as ways we as citizens can contribute to the cleanliness of our environment in particular.

    It turned out that once people realized we were not part of the political „last day before the elections“ campaign, exemplified by the Greens who took place next to us, our pavillion became highly popular. We were glad to note that several people came to Ludwisgplatz especially to find out more about our project, even from other cities. As a result of hundreds of discussions, over 40 positive wishes were added to our board „I wish to have in the Distric Future…“ and 20 negative aspects were highlighted on the board „In the District Future there shouldn’t be…“. The main wishes were connected to more respect and openness towards each other, more shared spaces and activities, as well as cleaner environment around us. The main problems included egoistic and consumerist attitudes, careless waste disposal and polluted environment.

    The main message of the day was that every person can make a difference and influence their immediate surroundings in a positive direction by their personal actions. As a healthy environment is vital to our well-being, the cleanup day is a way to contribute in a concrete hands-on way.  However, on Saturday there were less people wanting to participate in the cleanup than there are fingers on one hand.

    As part of the global Let’s do it! network 8 million volunteers from 107 countries have participated in 139 cleanups since 2008. In 2012 approximately 100 people from Munich, Bochum, Leipzig, Hamburg, Berlin and Karlsruhe collected garbage as part of the Let’s do it! Germany’s contribution to the World Cleanup 2012 campaign. In 2013 only Karlsruhe and Leipzig organized a cleanup and the number of people actually doing hands-on collecting was 15. Taking into account Germany’s reputation as an environmentally aware nation, such lack of participation is surprising. Especially when looking at the situation in the neighbouring countries like France with nearly 10 000 volunteers in 2012 and the Netherlands with voluntary cleanups in nearly 70 municipalities in 2013.

    The lack of involvement couldn’t have been due to the lack of information, which was readily available. It also couldn’t be because Germany is so clean that there’s nothing to clean – dozens of dissatisfied people complaining about the amount of garbage on the streets and parks during the 2012 and 2013 cleanups are a living proof of that. Perhaps the root of the matter lies precisely here: people complain about the situation without willing to take direct action to change it. There seems to be a prevalent attitude according to which voluntary cleanup is something unemployed people should do, whereas the employed people already pay their taxes and have thus already done their part…

    Despite the lack of hands-on participants, the day on Ludwigsplatz proved to be a highly interesting field experience. Our team of three (Oliver Parodi, Sarah Meyer-Soylu & Kaidi Tamm) was so actively involved in discussions with the citizens that there was hardly any time for making a cleanup round ourselves. However, we were able to share and collect many good ideas and connections, making our first public stand in the city a valuable experience for the further development of the District Future project.

    Share your thoughts in the comments below! Find further pictures of the event in the gallery.

  9. World Clean up Day 2013 in Karlsruhe

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    World Cleanup Day 2013 in Karlsruhe: The District Future Urban Lab cleans up!

    On 21th September the World Cleanup Day 2013 takes place in Karlsruhe. It is the first time that the District Future cooperates with the initiator Bürgeraktion Sauberes Karlsruhe together with Karlsruhe Amt für Abfallwirtschaft and Karlsruhe city council. We warmly invite you to join the team between 9-17 on the Ludwigsplatz and making the city a better and cleaner place together. Let’s do it!

    Located on the Ludwigsplatz there will be an information stand for the Karlsruhe World Cleanup Day 2013. It offers both information about the necessary cleanliness of the city and ways we can contribute to it, as well as practical tools like gripping tongs and garbage bags for volunteers who want to participate hands-on. The District Future team cleans up, shares information about the project and discusses sustainable solutions to garbage-related problems.

    The World Cleanup Day 2013 belongs to the global network Let’s do it! World Cleanup. Since 2008 volunteer from more than 100 countries have been active in order to clean up our environment. From Germany citizen groups from Munich, Bochum, Leipzig, Hamburg, Berlin and Karlsruhe participated.


    World Cleanup Day 2013 in Karlsruhe, initiated by Bürgeraktion Sauberes Karlsruhe in cooperation with the District Future – Urban Lab

    Date & time: Saturday, 21th September 2013, 9.00 – 17.00

    Place: Karlsruhe city center, Ludwigsplatz-Waldstraße

    Further Information

    Let’s do it! World Cleanup Germany

    Let’s do it! World Cleanup

    Bürgeraktion Sauberes Karlsruhe (german)

    Facebook event (german)

  10. Documentation work report and brainstorming workshop 2013

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    The District Future – Urban Lab presented its first work report and held a brainstorming workshop on 22 June 2013 in Karlsruhe. The aim of the event was to present the current state of the project to the public, to generate ideas together with the participants in workshops on different topics of sustainable urban development for further development of the District Future, as well as to strengthen the network of stakeholders of sustainable urban development of Karlsruhe. About 40 participants from civil society, local initiatives, science, ,and city administration followed the invitation.

    The main issue of the first part of the event was the work report on the current state of the District Future. The project leader, Dr. Oliver Parodi, presented the status quo of the project development and answered questions in a lively discussion. The central questions addressed were: objectives, main characteristics of the concept, topic areas, theoretical foundation and methodology, financing, as well as questions concerning the project area, project duration, and forms of participation. Another central concern of the presentation was to outline possible connecting points for partners from Karlsruhe’s stakeholder community in the form of individual projects in the District Future project development.

    Following the work report, various workshops were held on selected topics of the District Future concept. The workshop topics were as follows: Loop City, Healthy City, Value Shift towards Sustainability, and Mobile City. Based on key questions, project ideas to be implemented in District Future were developed in small groups during the workshops.

    Further impressions of the event can be seen in the Gallery. The event was part of the Science Festival “Effects 2013”.



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Personal data are all data that can be related to you personally, such as name, address, email addresses, and user behavior (information referring to an identifiable natural person (Art. 4, No. 1 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR))). Controller according to Art. 4, par. 7 GDPR is the President of KIT, Professor Dr.-Ing. Holger Hanselka, Kaiserstrasse 12, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany, (see Legals). Our Data Protection Commissioner can be contacted at or by ordinary mail with “Die Datenschutzbeauftragte” (the data protection commissioner) being indicated on the envelope. When you contact us by electronic mail or via a contact form, the data given by you (your email address and, if applicable, your name and your phone number) will be stored by us to answer your questions. The data arising in this connection will be erased as soon as storage will no longer be required or processing will be restricted, if legal obligations to retain the data exist. We would like you to note that internet-based data transmission (e.g. when communicating by electronic mail) may have security gaps. Absolute protection of data against access by third parties may not be guaranteed. Collection of Personal Data When using the website for information purposes only, we will only collect the personal data that are transmitted by your browser to our server according to the settings made by you (server log files). For viewing our website, we collect the data required for this purpose and needed for ensuring stability and security according to Art. 6, par. 1, clause 1, (f) GDPR: Anonymized IP address, Date and time of access, Time zone difference to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), Content of the access (concrete site), Status of access/HTTP status code, Data volume transmitted, Website from which an accessing system reaches our website, Browser These data cannot be referred to certain persons. These data will not be combined with other data sources. We reserve the right to check these data later on, if concrete indications of unlawful use become known to us. SSL Encryption For reasons of security and for the protection of the transmission of confidential contents, such as inquiries sent to us as website operator, this website uses SSL encryption. In case of an encrypted connection, the address line of the browser changes from http:// to https:// and the lock symbol is indicated in your browser line. When SSL encryption is activated, third parties cannot read the data you transmit to us as a rule. Your Rights As far as your personal data stored by us are concerned, you have the following rights: Right of access, Right to rectification or erasure, Right to restriction of processing, Right to object to data processing, Right to data portability. In addition, you have the right to complain about the processing of your personal data by us with a supervisory authority. In the case of manifestly unfounded or excessive requests, we can charge a reasonable fee. Otherwise, information will be provided free of charge (Article 12, par. 5 GDPR). In the case of reasonable doubts concerning the identity of the natural person asserting the above rights, we may request the provision of additional information necessary to confirm the identity of the data subject (Article 12, par. 6 GDPR). Cookies In addition to the data mentioned above, cookies are stored on your personal computer when using our website. Cookies are small text files stored in your computer system by the browser used by you, through which we (the server of our website) obtain certain information. Cookies cannot execute any programs or transmit viruses to your computer. They serve to make internet offers more user-friendly, more effective, and quicker. It is distinguished between session cookies (transient cookies) and permanent (persistent) cookies. Transient cookies are deleted automatically when you close the browser. They include in particular the session cookies. These store a so-called session ID, through which queries of your browser can be allocated to the joint session. They allow us to identify your computer when you return to our website. Session cookies are deleted when you log out or close the browser. We use session cookies exclusively. We do not use any persistent cookies or flash cookies. You can set your browser such that you will be informed about the setting of cookies and you can permit cookies in individual cases only, exclude the acceptance of cookies in certain cases or in general, and activate automatic deletion of cookies when closing your browser. When deactivating cookies, functionality of this website may be limited. Newsletter and MailChimp If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter offered on this website, we require an e-mail address from you as well as information that allows us to verify that you are the owner of the email address provided and that you agree to receive the newsletter. The data entered in the newsletter registration form will be processed exclusively on the basis of your consent (Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a DSGVO). You can revoke your consent to the storage of the data, the e-mail address and its use for sending the newsletter at any time, for example via the "unsubscribe" link in the newsletter. The legality of the data processing processes already carried out remains unaffected by the revocation. We use the online service MailChimp for sign up and email delivery. Mailchimp is offered by the company Rocket Science Group, 675 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Suite 5000, Atlanta, GA 30308, USA. The Rocket Science Group LLC d/b/a MailChimp is certified by the Privacy Shield Framework and thereby guarantees to adhere to the European data protection level ( If you sign up for a newsletter, your name and email address are saved by MailChimp and used to send the newsletter to the email address you provided. In addition, MailChimp also collects the following information: if and when you open a newsletter, if you click the links in a newsletter, your IP address, the browser or email program you are using, and other details of this sort. MailChimp uses single-pixel GIFs (also known as web beacons) in newsletter emails to collect this information. We can view this information in the online service's interface. The legal basis for the use of your data is your click on the confirmation link for the newsletter you signed up for. You can cancel the newsletter at any time and in this way take back the use of your data. MailChimp's privacy policy can be found at Comments For the comments function on this website, apart from your comment, information on the time of the creation of your comment, your email address and the username you choose will be stored. User name, date and comment are visible on the website. The comments and the connected data (e.g. IP address) will be stored and stay on our website until the commented content has been deleted completely or if the comments have to be deleted for legal reasons (e.g. insulting comments). The storage of comments is processed exclusively on the basis of your consent (Art. 6 Paragraph 1 GDPR). The legality of the data processing processes carried out up to the revocation remains unaffected by the revocation. Social media plugins using the '2Click' solution On our website, so-called 'social plugins' ('plugins') from the social media networks Facebook and Google+ and the microblogging service Twitter are used. The companies Facebook Inc., Google Inc. and Twitter Inc. provide these services (‘providers’). Facebook is operated by Facebook Inc. (1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA),hereinafter 'Facebook'. An overview of the plugins from Facebook and what they look like can be found here: Google+ is operated by Google Inc. (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA),hereinafter 'Google'. An overview of the plugins from Google and what they look like can be found here: Twitter is operated by Twitter Inc. (1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103),hereinafter 'Twitter'. An overview of the Twitter buttons and what they look like can be found here: To increase the protection of your data during your visit to our website, the plugins are integrated into the site by means of a so-called '2Click' solution. This integration ensures that no connection is established at first with the servers of Facebook, Google and Twitter when you open a page on our website that contains such plugins. Only when you activate the plugins and grant your consent to transfer data, your browser will establish a direct connection with the Facebook, Google and Twitter servers. The content of each plugin is then transferred directly to your browser and integrated into the page. By integrating plugins, the providers receive the information that your browser has opened the specific page on our website, even if you do not have an account of the provider or are logged out of your account at that time. This information (including your IP address) is transferred by your browser to a Twitter server in the USA and stored there. If you are logged in into one of the social networks, the provider can connect the visit of our website to your facebook or Google+ account directly. Whenever you use the plugins (for example, by clicking the 'Like' button, the '+1' button or the 'tweet' button), the information in question is also transferred directly to a Twitter server and stored there. Furthermore, the information is published on the social network or Twitter and visible to your contacts there. The purpose and scope of the data collection and further processing and use of the data by the providers, as well as your rights and options for privacy protection settings can be found in their privacy policies. Privacy Policy of Facebook: Privacy Policy of Google: Privacy Policy of Twitter: Vimeo Our website uses plugins operated by Vimeo. The owner of the site is Vimeo Inc., 555 West 18th Street, New York, New York 10011, USA. When you visit one of our webpages that is fitted with a Vimeo plugin, a connection will be established to Vimeo’s server. The Vimeo server will then be informed about which of our webpages you have visited. Moreover, Vimeo will be informed about your IP-address. This also happens if you are logged out of your Vimeo account at the time or if you do not have a Vimeo account. If you are logged into your Vimeo account, you enable Vimeo to match your activities with your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your account. We use Vimeo in the interest of making our online offerings more appealing. This represents a legitimate interest as described in Art. 6 Paragraph 1 GDPR. More information on how Vimeo handles user data can be found in Vimeo’s privacy policy: Open Street Map We used maps of the service “OpenStreetMap” (, which are provided on the basis of the Open Data Commons Open Database Lizenz (ODbL) by the OpenStreetMap Foundation (OSMF). Information on how Vimeo handles user data can be found in Vimeo’s privacy policy: Matomo (Piwik) We have a legitimate interest (i.e. an interest in the analysis and optimisation of our website within the meaning of Article 6 (1f) GDPR) in the use of Matomo (Piwik), software designed to statistically evaluate user access. Your IP address is shortened before it is saved. Matomo uses cookies that are saved on the users' computers and make it possible to analyse use of this online service by the users. Pseudonymous use profiles may be created for the users during this. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this online service is stored on our server and not forwarded to third parties. You can opt out of this data processing as follows: